[APG Public List] [APG Members] place names

LBoswell laboswell at rogers.com
Mon Oct 25 11:13:17 MDT 2010

I've been using only google maps for awhile, and I forgot you can get the 
coordinates simply from the cursor.  I usually go to google earth only when 
I want to use one of the sets of overlays I've set up on it.  So the 
coordinates obtained while looking at the overlay would be very helpful

thanks for the links, I'll try your application.  I think using coordinates 
routinely for place names simply opens up a whole realm of possibilities 
later, and as I said previously it also solves the problem of referring to 
locations that have gone (and continue to undergo) name changes

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: John
  To: apgpubliclist at apgen.org
  Sent: Monday, October 25, 2010 11:26 AM
  Subject: Re: [APG Public List] [APG Members] place names

  I am an advocate of using GPS coordinates. A couple of years ago
  I wrote this little Google Map application to assist me. I also
  use it to have others pinpoint a location for me.


  And Google Earth is a wonderful application that also lets you
  track GPS coordinates of your cursor, it is free and there are
  Mac, Windows, and linux versions. See:


  I've put several GPS mapping projects up on my home web site:



  On 10/24/2010 10:15 AM, LBoswell wrote:
  > Given multiple options to find and locate gps coordinates in
  > longitude/latitude why not use the name as it appears in the document,
  > then log it under longitude and latitude.
  > Easy enough to find those coordinates simply from google maps. Find the
  > location of interest, or as close to the area as possible on google
  > maps. Click on link (upper right hand corner next to 'print' and
  > 'send'), and copy the result into a text reader or even an email.
  > Looks like this:
  > The coordinates of interest above are the first ones
  > 54.996721,-1.663892. Plugging those into the search line on google maps
  > will take you to the location (in this case a street in Manchester, UK.
  > Those coordinates will never change, unlike the constantly evolving
  > names for same location. Most genealogy programs will do the same thing.
  > When we note a location why aren't we automatically adding the
  > coordinates for the benefit of future researchers. Also allows a client
  > to pull up google maps and see exactly where the location is/was. Or at
  > least the closest modern approximation (if the street doesn't exist, you
  > can normally locate its modern location on google maps by
  > cross-referencing period sources like maps and gazetteers with the
  > modern map).
  > This has to be the way we go now, it's simply the most exact way to
  > pinpoint a location (and it's independent of the past or current name).
  > More importantly it can take you to a jurisdictional level location
  > (where you select the central point of that jurisdiction and use those
  > coordinates), or narrow down to a specific map location. More often now
  > you can then overlay that modern location on Google earth with a
  > historical map and at the same time have the modern location right in
  > front of you. Future researchers will always know what location is being
  > referred to, and it's independent of language.
  > A way of noting locations that a) will never change in the future b).
  > allows a unified way to catalogue a location to its various name changes
  > over time, and c). is independent of language preferences. Given the
  > ease of finding the coordinates for any location on the planet, it just
  > makes sense
  > Larry
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